Pastor Houston Jared was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas to David and Margaret Ann Jared. He has two siblings, a sister named Marlette and a brother named Scott who is deceased.
Growing up, pastor Houston had a rebellious spirit, but this didn't stop many in his life from telling him that the Lord had placed a mighty calling on him. After he graduated high school,
he went to live in Buffalo Valley, TN where his family settled shortly after the revolutionary war.
The rebellious spirit continued throughout his early adulthood and resulted in numerous legal troubles and incarceration until he found the Adult & Teen Challenge program. This program radically transformed his life, putting him on the path to being the man of God he is today.
After finishing the Adult & Teen Challenge program, he served as a youth pastor at our church then named Pleasant Grove where he met Dr. Lana Huddleston and eventually had the privilege of making her his wife. They have two beautiful children, Timothy and Grace and are business owners in the local community.
During this time pastor Houston felt a greater call upon his life to help others find the same hope he had found so he went on to work on staff with Adult & Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland under the leadership of pastor Tim McLauchlin. Pastor Tim took him under his wing, and began to disciple him and keep him accountable much like Paul did with Timothy. It wasn't long until pastor Houston was made the male placement director interviewing young men in similar situations and from similar backgrounds as his and helping them get into the Adult & Teen Challenge program.
Pastor Houston spent 3 years at the Tennessee School of Ministry (TSOM) pursuing his formal pastoral education and in 2021 became a licensed pastor with the Assemblies of God shortly after being voted in as the lead pastor of Pleasant Grove which is now PG Fellowship.
Pastor Houston and Lana have a vision for this church that involves discipling, equipping, and empowering the saints as well as mobilizing them in the field to further the Gospel of Jesus Chrsit.